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  1. What music did you buy today?

    Charles Tyler: Charles Tyler Ensemble (ESP) Teddy Charles (etc.): Evolution Joseph Jarman: Song For CT is kicking my ass.
  2. R.I.P. Beatrice Rivers

    Condolences and best wishes.
  3. *** Eric Dolphy ***

    Maybe I'm in a minority but I really don't like Carter's cello playing, at least in the 60s. Guy I'm serious about those 1/4 tones. In the right moments, Carter's cello playing can be remarkably effective. I'd heard the anecdote that he was sick while recording "The Quest"--apocryphal or no? Regardless, I can't hear a substantial difference between his facility on the Waldron date and "Out There"--and I'm a tremendous fan of both sessions. I think he can drag, but the angularity of that cello sound is (usually) an asset--especially on ballads, especially bowed. At the very least, he's a great foil for Dolphy--grounded in convention, slightly askew. I couldn't imagine those New Jazz dates without him.
  4. Paul Bley

    "Free Form" has always had me floored--some of my favorite solo improvisations (with fine contributions by Bley and Swallow, when they're present). I'd say that the 80s/90s cuts don't have quite the same "bite" that the others do--not so urgent, revolutionary. However, the improvisations are just as intricate, and the inclusion of more ostensibly "inside" foundational material goes a long way toward contextualizing the trio dynamic. I may not pull it out a lot, but "Fly Away Little Bird" is just beautiful.
  5. Jazz for a Sunny Winter Day

    Really, Dolphy makes for excellent atmosphere. There's just something so evocative about that tone, the lyricism, the intelligence. Wistful and robust, all at once--just like winter.
  6. Paul Bley

    ?? Nevermind--I had a case of spontaneous dyslexia. Excellent for confusing discourse.
  7. Paul Bley

    I'm pretty sure it's OOP--my copy is a Savoy reissue from the mid/late 90's (some of these floating around, I guess). As far as Guy's comment goes--I'm laughing on the outside.
  8. Paul Bley

    1. Eugene Chadbourne is an interesting musician. 2. His "review" is obviously copped (out of context) from some other source. The reference to Byg, etc should be a tip off. 3. Just another way AMG messes up the world. Paul is a fascinating pianist. I'm sure you will get a bunch of good recommendations. And Footloose! is a great album, IMO. Very accessible post-bop/early free sides, many composed by Carla Bley.
  9. Jazz for a Sunny Winter Day

    I don't know why, but Hyperion with Higgins strikes me as more of a winter night sort of disc. Evening comes early this time of year... This is a hard one. So... Mal Waldron: The Quest (although it's kinda late autumn, too) Dewey Redman: Musics Joe Henderson: Page One Grant Green: Street of Dreams Roscoe Mitchell: Sound (a lot of AACM stuff, actually) I don't know why. I've spent some fine winter days with these, but I listen to them the whole year 'round. Frankly, I'm more of a "throw anything on" by day, "listen closely" by night sorta guy.
  10. Jazz in the 80s

    Cripes, he's still kickin'. The AACM was in high gear.
  11. Jazz in the 80s

    Really--Black Saint, Soul Note, Hat (late-70's too, actually), ECM... a lot of excellent material on small labels, too. I know some of us were there--I was born in the 80's, so all of this is retrospect for me. So... downtown avant scene? Euro free improv? The fallout from the loft scene? Ornette goes electric= sub-culture harmolodic movement? Great suggestions so far.
  12. What music did you buy today?

    One of his best, IMHO. Birth and Rebirth is also a good one. Seriously, though. I'm all over this stuff.
  13. Ornette on Tenor

    Very much an extrapolation on the 60's Ornette style (w/tenor, of course): -Andrew Cyrille and Maono: Metamusicians' Stomp (Black Saint) -Don Cherry: Complete Communion, Where is Brooklyn? (Blue Note) (although Gato and Pharoah, respectively, caterwaul a bit--it may be a little disconcerting) -Anything by Old and New Dreams--a sort of pseudo-repertory band with Don, Dewey Redman, Haden, and Blackwell -A lot of 70's/80's Frank Lowe material, especially with Butch Morris I'd also recommend the Ayler Quartet (anything with Cherry), maybe Alan Shorter's Orgasm... but they might be a little too "out". Same goes for some of the Brotzmann tenor/trumpet quartets, Ayler's Love Cry (most of it, anyway), the tenor/trumpet material by the Blue Series clique... most of it is arguably closer to the "spirit" of Ornette's recordings than the Rollins sides (which are far more static, one might say "languorous", than the "O on Tenor" material).
  14. black saint/soul note

    FMP (from my perspective ) , lack of interaction characterises too much of Roach's work. Max is an amazing drummer but "iffy" partner. Perhaps, although I found some interesting pieces of dialogue with close listening... I did notice that it takes an immense amount of prodding to break Max out of a certain groove (even here)--he doesn't "follow" the sax like, say, Rashied Ali does on Interstellar Space. Regardless, I think the two play emphatically enough to prevent this one from sounding like a "staid"/cold duo album.
  15. black saint/soul note

    I just got a copy of Max Roach/Anthony Braxton: Birth and Rebirth. It's just stunning. I'd never before heard this duo in action, but I've always been a fan of both... the fascinating thing is that neither sacrifices his personal idiosyncrasies--there's no real compromise. Braxton is as ferocious as ever, and Roach swings with his inimitable fury. There are moments of power, promise, rage, and tenderness--all consummately performed. I have some gripes with the sound (CD)--Braxton sounds a little metallic at times, and Roach is occasionally distant. But the music is just beautiful, top drawer as far as sax/drum duos go.
  16. What music did you buy today?

    Billy Harper: Somalia Lester Bowie: American Gumbo (Fast Last!/Rope-A-Dope) Chico Freeman: Still Sensitive Denis Charles IVtet: Captain of the Deep Max Roach feat. Anthony Braxton: Birth and Rebirth
  17. black saint/soul note

    That's about as cheap as it gets for new copies. Used copies usually run between $9.99 and $11.99--I guess they haven't inflated yet. Most shops think they're out of print, though.
  18. How do you pronounce.........

    I've got another one (maybe brought up before, but I'm too de-energized to sift through the thread): Sirone
  19. Ornette Coleman: The Love Revolution

    *sigh* Another doomed illegitimate release, then. Regardless, I'm steering clear of buying any boots... which isn't to say that the music isn't worthwhile. One of these days, I guess.
  20. Ornette Coleman: The Love Revolution

    1969? Whoa--hold the phone. I've heard some of these sessions, and the playing is excellent... but have these concerts finally received some decent mastering?
  21. Los Angeles RECORD STORES Recommendations Needed

    Amoeba stole Aron's used album flow. First went to Aron's a couple of years ago, after Amoeba had opened--practically nothing, although they have a fine "new" section. I almost hesitate to say this--because it's been my trove since high school--but there's a fine little joint called CD Trader somewhere down Ventura Blvd. (in the SF Valley). Cheap prices, obscure selection. Just don't steal my OOPs. Please.
  22. Eh, they'll also be at Yoshi's. I'll probably go check them out, although at this point I'm almost running on nostalgia. Haven't been truly "invigorated" by a lot of Haden's recent work, although I'll always be a fan of his playing. Nice to see a new LMO, even if some of the old stalwarts are missing.
  23. February 2006 RvG's

    Damn, I already have Smokestack. Oh well, guess other folks get a chance to hear it (although I do think that it's one of Hill's weaker sessions, if you could even call a Hill BN "weak"). And Workout--long time comin'. Still, I hope that the RVGs dig a little deeper into the late-60's next time. A lot of that stuff is prime material--and unavailable for some time. I still want a decent (cheap) master of Total Eclipse.
  24. Bernard Stollman

    If you see him, you have crossed over to the other side. Ha! All due respect, of course. Great read.